The Way

The Lord shows us the way that leads to the cross in His passion. The way detaches the heart from all that is not of God, such that the soul may live for God alone. It builds humility as the purifying light of truth shines on the heart. It strengthens faith as successive trials are endured on the way.

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7.13-14)

Lonely Road

The cross is on a lonely road,
That narrows to a steep incline;
The hiker who carries no load,
Can tread the path with help divine.

All provisions weigh heavily,
And sugars sap the strength to climb;
The bitter herbs found on the way,
Provide what's needed at the time.

A parching thirst dries to the bone.
The heights are arid and austere.
The hiker travels all alone,
In desolation oft severe.

The Lord is the means and the way:
The hiker keeps Him e'er in sight;
The deepest thirst He will allay --
His way is truth; His burden light.

With ev'ry step, keep the Lord near;
He is the strength to persevere.

"He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics." (Mark 6.8-9)

Lord, may Your light guide me on the way to the cross, and may Your grace give me the strength to persevere with every step. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2009